Public Health Data Inventory

Youth Risk Behavior Survey


The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a health behavior-related survey of Nebraska public high school students. It is part of the National Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System, created in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The YRBS identifies and monitors priority health risk behaviors that are established during youth and result in sickness, disability, death, and social problems among youth and adults. It is the only school-based surveillance system to monitor the six priority health-risk behaviors identified by CDC among school-aged youth. 

Survey topics include intentional injuries and violence, physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol/substance use, HIV/AIDS/human sexuality and asthma. The YRBS is conducted biennially by the Nebraska Department of Education among a representative sample of public high school students. The YRBS is the only survey in Nebraska that provides state level estimates for high school students across a variety of important health areas, making it extremely important to the public health work in the state. 

It provides information to assist communities, schools, districts and state agencies to plan effective health prevention strategies for school-aged youth. It also provides critical data needed to access local, state and national grants to access funding to address health priorities in youth. In addition, the national coordination of the survey allows for Nebraska to compare its survey results to results from other states and the nation as a whole. The Nebraska Department of Education, in collaboration with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska schools, has conducted the YRBS biennially since 1991.

Type of Data

The data are sample for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

The Nebraska Department of Education administers the Nebraska YRBS Questionnaire biennially to a random sample of high school students in Nebraska public schools.  Nebraska public high schools are randomly selected to participate and then specific classrooms are randomly selected within those selected schools. The survey administration procedures have been designed to protect the confidentiality of the students and the school districts and to encourage honest responses from the students. The Nebraska Department of Education has been conducting the YRBS since its inception in 1991.

Related Links and Reports

Introduction of Youth Risk Behavior Survey

2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

2010 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Brochure

2012/2013 Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey Questionnaire

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-4352

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